Kimberly Alexander is the author of Treasures Afoot: Shoes Stores from the Georgian Era, (John Hopkins University Press 2108) and Fashioning the New England Family (Massachusetts Historical Society).
Her Americana Lecture will focus on the pivotal decades of the 1760s and 1770s, and growing dissatisfaction with England – Parliament & King. She looks closely at three groups and their relationship to shoes: the makers; the wearers, and the court of public opinion as revealed through the press.
For many, the selection of one’s shoes in the decade leading up to the American Revolution were representative of Colonial economic independence, and symbolized a break from the tether to the yoke of Great Britain’s trade dominance. Kimberly will talk of the significant output of footwear from Lynn and lesser known shoe making regions of New England.